The Jaguar F-Type has always been an interesting proposition but it's relatively high-price has been a bit of a distraction.  However, the company is hoping to change that by introducing the 2017 F-Type which features a new entry-level variant that will be available as a coupe and roadster.

Despite being significantly cheaper than its predecessor, the models feature a solar attenuating windshield, a valet mode and a partially electric driver's seat.  The cars also have leather / suede cloth seats, GPS navigation and a Meridian surround sound system.

Buyers will also receive Jaguar EliteCare coverage which includes a limited warranty, complimentary scheduled maintenance, roadside assistance and the Jaguar InControl Protect & Remote service for five-years or 60,000 miles - whichever comes first.

Power is provided by a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that produces 340 bhp (253 kW) and 332 lb-ft (449 Nm) of torque.  The engine is connected to a standard six-speed manual transmission which enables the coupe to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 5.5 seconds before hitting a top speed of 161 mph (259 km/h).

The entry-level coupe starts at $61,400 while the convertible retails for $65,400.  That's still not pocket change but the prices have been lowered by $3,600 and $2,700 respectively.

The 2017 F-Type will arrive at U.S. dealerships next spring and the aforementioned prices exclude an $995 destination charge.

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